Teacher professional development; teacher education & certification; history and English education; LGBTQ issues in education; inquiry-based instruction
Sarah Schneider Kavanagh looks for ways to improve how teachers are supported to improve their practice. A former secondary teacher, she is an expert in questions of how teachers are trained, ongoing teacher mentoring, professional development, and teacher certification. She has a special interest in designs for teacher learning that make the practice of teaching public by giving teachers opportunities to watch themselves and others trying out new instructional practices. Her work is premised on the idea that without revolutionizing teacher learning experiences, we will continue to struggle with transforming student learning experiences. While at the University of Washington, Kavanagh co-founded Teacher Education by Design, an open-source curricular library of practice-based tools for teacher education.